Supporting the Xavier Project Mobile Library



The Xavier Project mobile library currently visits schools in Kampala, Uganda each weekday morning.  They stay at each school for 1-3 hours with a selection of children’s books and read with students in small groups of 5-8 per teacher/tutor for 15 minutes. The mobile library was founded to help young children who are struggling with reading to get individualised attention. In particular refugees who are not used to studying in English very quickly fall behind in their reading and this quickly affects all their other subjects.

With the help of the Living by Giving Trust, the Xavier Project hope to expand this project. Firstly, they intend to hire another library reader to help their team visit the schools and support young children in their reading. Eventually, XP hope to open a physical library which their students can visit after school. This will encourage them to enjoy reading while still receiving support from their tutors. It will also give refugees a safe learning environment where they are free to read in peace away from the chores of their crowded homes.

The Living by Giving Trust have donated a grant of £1000 to start this much needed work. This was raised through our sponsored no TV campaign and other fundraising.

Thank you to everyone who has made it possible for Living by Giving to support this project!

If you would like to support the work of the Xavier Project through the Living by Giving Trust, please send us a donation via our special page here, or contact Matt.

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Thank you – Giving up TV

From Matt Betts:

“Thank you to everyone who supported me in my challenge to give up TV. I did it and discovered new things about myself, whilst managing to read loads and loads of books (see photo below!). The sponsored no TV campaign managed to raise just over £500 for the Living by Giving Trust, so thank you to everyone who sponsored me. This will now go towards our Xavier Project.

I highly recommend giving up TV, because then you have to find other things to do – and you might just surprise yourself. :)


Giving up television


From Matt Betts: “I’ve decided to do the unthinkable (for me anyway) and not watch any television for six and half weeks – which will mean missing my favourite ever programme, which starts on 30 March and so much more.

This is a great deal for me – I watch television most evenings when I finish work, so it’s going to be very tough to find other things to do. However it’ll probably do me some good too and I am looking forward to the challenge!

To help me through this torturous period, I would like to try and raise much needed money for the Living by Giving Trust. If you can help, I would be grateful for any sponsorship – whatever you can afford.

All money will go towards the many projects of the Living by Giving Trust. Take a look at all of these, here.

If you would like to sponsor me, please visit:

Welcome to Chris!


We would like to welcome Chris Talbot to our team, who has recently been appointed as secretary to the Trust.

Chris will work closely with the Board of Trustees and attend all meetings.

Chris has already supported the Living by Giving Trust in numerous ways: he was a member of our fundraising committee and attended various events.

We are looking forward to working with Chris in the upcoming months.

Contact Chris via

Matt Betts
Chair, Living by Giving Trust

Bongo Ball 2013


The Living by Giving Trust are pleased to announce that the Xavier Project are organising a “Bongo Ball” in London on 8 March 2013 – all to raise money for the project.

From Xavier Project:
“Be sure to save the date for this ‘bongo brilliant’ event, and we will post more information about when tickets will be available on here shortly. Any questions, or if you are keen to be involved, please contact Look forward to seeing you there! The Bongo London Committee”. More information can be seen, here.

Please do come along if you can!

The Living by Giving Trust supports the Xavier Project amongst its projects, please see our special page for more information, here.